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The Biggest Agent for Change at HCS

by Steve Cox, April 23, 2003

It has been almost two years now that I have been serving as your elementary principal at Heritage. I am surprised (I guess I shouldn’t be) by the group that has been the most effective agent for change in our school.

It hasn’t been the teachers, who continually are looking for better and more exciting ways to teach our children in the most excellent Christian way.

It hasn’t been the administration, though we are always challenged to stretch and change in ways that we may not wish.

It hasn’t been parents, who have some of the best suggestions provoked by both proactive and reactive means.

It hasn’t been the school committee, who battle behind closed doors to shape policy and make governing decisions based on the issues raised.

It hasn’t been the secretaries, who handle the lion’s share of the movement and daily needs of us all.

It hasn’t even been the students, who are continually forcing us to re-evaluate how we go about doing what we do in a Christian school.

The most effective agents for change have been our school prayer warriors. They pray for the school’s needs that have been impressed upon their hearts. I can’t help but think of those who meet every Wednesday morning together in the foyer and pray about issues that become urgent or seem necessary. If you doubt me, ask one of our regular prayer moms about their lists of recently answered prayer. Also, if you want to find out what changes are coming, join in and make yourself aware of what the priority is in these prayer circles.

It surprises me because they are so unassuming. They are not in the forefront of things. When change happens, they don’t stand up and take credit for it. I may never know how many burdens they have carried or issues they have brought before God’s throne. It only sneaks out because days or weeks before a giant break through, they share with others their burdened prayer about certain concerns.

It shouldn’t surprise me because Scripture speaks often of the effectiveness of prayer. “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Matthew 21:22 (also see Mt 7:7,8; Mark 11:24; John 14:13,14; John 16:23,24; John 15:16; Eph 2:18 5:20; Colossians 3:17; 1Peter 2:5) Those who pray without ceasing are aware that “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16.

The most effective agents of change for the school are the saints who know how to approach Christ and seek His will. Thank-you for your active part in our school. Thank-you for your sacrifice of time. Thank-you for your quiet devotion that, in the end, has the most effective impact on changing our children for His glory.

Steve Cox